Jump to content
keelhauled

RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

Recommended Posts

Are there sufficient numbers of ACS-64's laying about that one can afford to drop the pan and drag them to Norfolk/Newport News/Richmond/Roanoke and back?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
40 minutes ago, Ryan said:

Are there sufficient numbers of ACS-64's laying about that one can afford to drop the pan and drag them to Norfolk/Newport News/Richmond/Roanoke and back?

Right now, 4 are down hard. You SHOULD see two of them eventually and you MAY see three of them again. That would leave 69. It basically hinges on how the rest of the sets are powered but I think they could spare 10 engines to leave the corridor. If they could spare 14, we could actually return to one seat  NEC-EMP service.

 

Hell, even being down, they leased some to Septa a few years ago and they are now leasing some to MARC.

Edited by Thirdrail7

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
16 minutes ago, frequentflyer said:

How many consists actually travel south of DC though? Maybe a third of the DC-BOS trains.

Not all are BOS trains that go south of DC. There is at least one NYP originator that goes south. But net net, pure regional service, there are 5, maybe 6. This does not include the Carolinian or Palmetto, or any of the other LD trains, which total another 5.5 or so.

Indeed, because it is less than a dozen, it is even conceivable to do a ACS at one end SC at the other through service, though it seems kind of silly to me. It would be better to work on processes that can cut down the engine change time to 15 mins in Washington.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, jis said:

Not all are BOS trains that go south of DC. There is at least one NYP originator that goes south. But net net, pure regional service, there are 5, maybe 6. This does not include the Carolinian or Palmetto, or any of the other LD trains, which total another 5.5 or so.

Indeed, because it is less than a dozen, it is even conceivable to do a ACS at one end SC at the other through service, though it seems kind of silly to me. It would be better to work on processes that can cut down the engine change time to 15 mins in Washington.

As has been discussed, there are a limited number of locomotives, but it seems as though there is a greater shortage of passenger cars. In addition to eliminating the time to change the engines, the train would not have to turn around at it's Virginia terminus. Perhaps this time savings could allow a trainset to make a same-day return to NYP.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm wondering. Can you control another locomotive from an ACS-64 with the pantograph down? Does it have (or can it get) the electricity needed to power the gauges and controls and such? Also would there be any issue with the wheels getting flat spots due to the motor not running?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
16 hours ago, west point said:

A question.  Where are the spare ACS=64s kept.  Are they spread along the NEC as back up power?  Have note a few times one has been changed in New Haven.

Plenty can be found in WAS, Sunnyside, and New Haven (for the Springfield Regionals and Vermonter). There is also one hanging out in Secaucus, as has been discussed in another thread. Beyond that, I don't know.

Edited by cpotisch

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, west point said:

A question.  Where are the spare ACS=64s kept.  Are they spread along the NEC as back up power?  Have note a few times one has been changed in New Haven.

Some are in Wilmington for standard repairs. Some in DC, PHL, Sunneyside, NHV, BOS. Basically up and down the Corridor. 

56 minutes ago, cpotisch said:

There is also one hanging out in Secaucus, as has been discussed in another thread. Beyond that, I don't know.

Which according to a post from ThirdRail has ceased as NJTRO has taken over again. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
9 hours ago, frequentflyer said:

Deleted Third answered my question.

 

ThirdRail, what do you mean 4 are down hard? Mx? 

Meaning they need serious work. One of them being 601 from the 188 incident. 627 from the 89 incident. And the two others I don't know about. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
9 hours ago, frequentflyer said:

ThirdRail, what do you mean 4 are down hard? Mx? 

It means long term out of service. In  other words, they've been out for a long time and probably won't be back for a long time...if they come back at all.  I do anticipate two of them returning eventually, one of them is questionable and the other is is unlikely.

5 hours ago, cpotisch said:

I'm wondering. Can you control another locomotive from an ACS-64 with the pantograph down? Does it have (or can it get) the electricity needed to power the gauges and controls and such? Also would there be any issue with the wheels getting flat spots due to the motor not running?

I guess you're not familiar with the old NJT ACES train. Well, the ACS-64 and the SC44 work the same way:

 

3 hours ago, west point said:

A question.  Where are the spare ACS=64s kept.  Are they spread along the NEC as back up power?  Have note a few times one has been changed in New Haven.

ACS-64s are typically stationed at every start/stop point for electric service.  Most locations have at least one protect.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 2/9/2019 at 11:00 PM, neroden said:

Weird order.  Most of IDOT's trains will have to run with *three* coaches (not the four in your consist diagram) because, well, they've ordered 17 sets plus three extra individual coach cars.

 

Also, the choices on number of doors are *wacky*.  I'd love to hear the logic behind some of this.

Just going off what was posted here from the Next Gen Equipment Pool Committee. 

NGEC_annual_meeting_2018_CALIDOT_presentation.pptx

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

They already use Cab Cars on the NEC between New York and Philadelphia, one of the fastest portions of NEC South, on the Keystones. So I don't see any reason that would prevent them from making more general use of them.

They may be somewhat more leery of using them off NEC south of Washington DC due to numerous grade crossings etc., but that is just my idle speculation.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 2/12/2019 at 12:29 PM, frequentflyer said:

Do anyone think that Amtrak will use cab cars on the NEC? It will shorten turn times and increase utilization.........Maybe.

It would also reduce diesel emissions from the switchers and reduce overall fuel use and GHG emissions.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 2/12/2019 at 1:03 PM, jis said:

They already use Cab Cars on the NEC between New York and Philadelphia, one of the fastest portions of NEC South, on the Keystones. So I don't see any reason that would prevent them from making more general use of them.

They may be somewhat more leery of using them off NEC south of Washington DC due to numerous grade crossings etc., but that is just my idle speculation.

IMO the Metroliner Cab Cars are death traps. When you ride on the head end of these cars like I have you'll understand what I'm saying. IF a trainset with cab cars at one end is selected, I'd like to see some serious safety enhancements. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
10 minutes ago, Acela150 said:
On 2/12/2019 at 1:03 PM, jis said:

They already use Cab Cars on the NEC between New York and Philadelphia, one of the fastest portions of NEC South, on the Keystones. So I don't see any reason that would prevent them from making more general use of them.

They may be somewhat more leery of using them off NEC south of Washington DC due to numerous grade crossings etc., but that is just my idle speculation.

IMO the Metroliner Cab Cars are death traps. When you ride on the head end of these cars like I have you'll understand what I'm saying. IF a trainset with cab cars at one end is selected, I'd like to see some serious safety enhancements. 

Is it just the flatness and lack of crumple zones that's the issue, or is there more to it?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
7 minutes ago, cpotisch said:

Is it just the flatness and lack of crumple zones that's the issue, or is there more to it?

Like I said, ride on the head end in one of these and then you'll understand. It's really hard to explain. 

This is a case of once you see it, you'll understand. ;) 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Lost of good information in there.

And one of my pictures - with credit! :D

236739461_ScreenShot2019-02-21at11_15_14AM.thumb.png.0aa656b9ce2e6b07fafd12ba615cf516.png

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   1 member

×